Courses

Bachelor of Equine Studies

Follow your dream of working with horses! Our Equine Studies program combines specialised equine science topics with business and property management skills, essential for the successful operation of equine focused businesses. The Bachelor of Equine Studies provides the winning edge when it comes to future employment opportunities.

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A stable of career options

Our Bachelor of Equine Studies prepares you for a range of professional roles in the equine industry. Be qualified to work as an equine services professional in stud, equestrian, racing or business settings and become a valuable resource in research or government advisory roles. The degree is a solid platform for further study or teaching.

The course structure for the Bachelor of Equine studies at Melbourne Polytechnic provides many options for designing a course program to suit you.

Know what you’re doing

Benefit from hands-on training at Northern Lodge, our equine specific teaching facility, along with equine facilities and stud farms where Melbourne Polytechnic has Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) arrangements.

Our Bachelor of Equine Studies has the right balance of theory and practice to ensure your contribution to the industry is valuable.

Develop industry networks through tours, work integrated learning and placements as you study in a community with students completing other Agriculture and Animal Studies (Higher Education) programs and learn from our staff, who are all equine industry experts.

The Bachelor of Equine Studies has built in flexibility, and is available full time (three years), part time (six years), or flexible delivery (six years). If you successfully complete two years’ full-time study you may choose to leave early with the HEESEQSTAD Associate Degree of Equine Studies.

Benefit from work placements in Victoria and interstate.

Career Outcomes

Previous graduates of our Bachelor of Equine Studies have established careers in areas, such as:

  • Stud management
  • Industry consulting
  • Equestrian sports events management
  • Bloodstock sales and auctioning
  • Equine nutrition
  • Veterinary technician streams
  • Marketing, promotions and journalism within the equine industry
  • Advising government on equine industry/policy

Graduates of the Bachelor of Equine Studies will have developed the beginnings of a professional network within the equine industry.

Assessment

Assessment consists of assignments, examinations and group/individual presentations.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

You can seek RPL where your work or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. Academic Credit is granted on a case-by-case basis, according to our Academic Credit policy and associated procedures. Applications for Academic Credit will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic academics and where appropriate, industry experts.

Contact

For any additional information on the Bachelor of Equine Studies, please contact an Education and Careers Advisor (ECA), on 03 9269 8400, or send an email.

Local Students

Code

HEESEQST

VTAC Code

Epping 6900268462

Campuses

EPPING

Department

Agriculture and Animal Studies - HE
03 9269 8400

Duration

Full-time: 3 years

Part-time: available
Flexible Delivery: limited subjects on offer. FEE-HELP is also available for this course - see more on eligibility and FEE-HELP, below

Class Schedule: *

Mon - AM and PM
Tue - AM and PM
Wed - AM and PM
Thu - AM and PM
Fri - AM and PM

*Classes run across these days and times. Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Career Advisor

Modes of Delivery

Flexible, Classroom

Fees

Find out more on fees and charges

Assessment Methods

Assessment will be based on one or more of the following assignments, examinations, and group/individual oral presentation

Materials

Lists of materials required and book lists are provided at the start of the course.

Entrance Requirements

  • successful completion of Year 12 VCE or recognised equivalent with study scores of at least 20 in any English and Mathematics and a study score of at least 20 in one of either Chemistry or Biology (recommended but not a pre-requisite)
  • successful completion of diploma course in Horse Studies may lead to credits for subjects, while mature age entry where applicants demonstrate capacity to undertake work at degree level will be accepted and may lead to recognition of prior learning
  • applicants must complete a Supplementary Application form
  • for additional information, applicants are encouraged to attend one of Melbourne Polytechnic's Information Nights. Note: not a compulsory entry requirement

Pathways to further study

As a graduate of this degree you may pursue post-graduate studies in the Primary Industries or Animal Studies

Career Pathways

  • equine enterprise managers/owners and/or operators
  • equine education
  • bloodstock agents
  • equine consultants
  • equine industry marketing, promotions and journalism
  • working in a wide range of equine enterprises
  • government advisors on equine industry/policy
  • equestrian sports management

Enrolment Intake

  • February
  • July
  • Midyear

International Students

Code

HEESEQST

CRICOS Code

054078J

Campuses

EPPING

Duration

Full-time: 3 years

Modes of Delivery

Flexible, Classroom

Entrance Requirements


Academic: Australian Year 12 or equivalency, to include studies in mathematics and one of either Chemistry* or Biology*
*Students without Chemistry or Biology may undertake bridging studies to meet this prerequisite
English: Academic IELTS 6.0 with no individual band below 5.5, Pearson PTE Academic 50 overall with no individual communicative skill below 42, or recognised equivalency
Other: Applicants are required to provide a 300-500 word written statement outlining any experience in the equine industry (voluntarily, informally or as employment) and how this course will align with personal career goals

Assessment Methods

Assessment will be based on one or more of the following assignments, examinations, and group/individual oral presentation

Materials

Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department.

Fees

  • Tuition fees per semester: $8800
  • Tuition fees per year: $17600
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Pathways to further study

As a graduate of this degree you may pursue post-graduate studies in the Primary Industries or Animal Studies

Career Pathways

  • equine enterprise managers/owners and/or operators
  • equine education
  • bloodstock agents
  • equine consultants
  • equine industry marketing, promotions and journalism
  • working in a wide range of equine enterprises
  • government advisors on equine industry/policy
  • equestrian sports management

Enrolment Intake

  • February
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Units Of Study

Credit points are a basic measure of student workload. All subjects are given a credit point value. Most subjects at Melbourne Polytechnic are 12 credit points. A normal full-time annual workload is 96 credit points. The academic year is divided into two main semesters; full-time students usually enrol in 48 credit points each semester, part time students usually enrol in 24 credit points each semester or less.

Code Subjects
AEM201 STATISTICS AND EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN
BES104 EQUINE BEHAVIOUR
BES109 LIVING SYSTEMS 1
BES110 LIVING SYSTEMS 2
BES111 FUNCTIONAL EQUINE ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY 1
BES112 FUNCTIONAL EQUINE ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY 2
BES115 HORSE RIDING
BES116 HORSE HUSBANDRY SYSTEMS
BES117 HUMANS AND ANIMALS
BES118 STUD AND STABLE RECORDS
BES119 EQUINE RESOURCES
BES208 EQUINE REPRODUCTION
BES215 MICROBIOLOGY AND GENETICS
BES216 EQUINE NUTRITION
BES217 APPLIED NUTRITION
BES218 ANIMAL WELFARE
BES222 ADVANCED MICROBIOLOGY
BES223 RURAL ENTERPRISE SYSTEMS
BES224 VEGETATION AND EDAPHIC FACTORS
BES225 EQUINE REHABILITATION
BES226 SUSTAINABLE PROPERTY SYSTEMS
BES227 EQUINE HEALTH SYSTEMS
BES303 EQUINE EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY
BES316 A SYSTEMS APPROACH
BES317 INDUSTRY PROJECT
BES318 EQUINE GENETICS FOR BREEDING
BES319 APPLIED EQUINE REPRODUCTION
BES320 EQUINE EPIDEMIOLOGY
BES321 THE HORSE FROM FOETUS TO WEANING
BES322 HUMAN HORSE INTERACTIONS
BES323 THE EQUINE ATHLETE
BES324 RURAL EVENT MANAGEMENT
BES325 APPLIED RESEARCH PROJECT 1
BES326 APPLIED RESEARCH PROJECT 2
BES330 EQUINE INDUSTRY PLACEMENT